Whisky Focus - Big Peat 25 Year Old Gold Edition Review

Big Peat 25 Year Old Gold Edition

13th November 2017
Big Peat comes of age with the launch of the Big Peat 25 Year Old Gold Edition.

Big Peat 25 Year Old Gold EditionIt seems Big Peat has come of age, as Glasgow independent bottler Douglas Laing, the creative folks behind this popular peaty Islay Blended Malt whisky has announced the launch of Big Peat 25 Year Old Gold Edition.

This is the first expression in the Big Peat series to carry an age statement and just like the image of the iconic Big Peat himself which is found on every bottle this is no young thing but a mature Islay blended malt whisky of 25 years.

Big Peat 25 Year Old Gold Edition is the first instalment of a three part limited edition series which aims to bring to life the journey of the spirit with each year that passes. Douglas Laing told me that Big Peat 25 is a vatting of Islay's most sought after single malts, when they announced its release last week they inititially told me that the whisky contained, amongst others, those distilled at Ardbeg, Bowmore and Port Ellen, which certainly peaked my interest and my first question was - how much do you want for it?

Douglas Laing then got back to me with an updated announcement which removed any reference to any distillery names, so I really can't say if there is any Ardbeg, Bowmore or Port Ellen 25 year old in the vatting although this info is already out there following their initial announcement but I can only assume by the fact that they withdrew the declaration of these three distilleries being in the whisky that they are NOT in the whisky. They told me that the price for the whisky is yet to be confirmed, but I will update you when I hear the price.

Although I can't tell you any of the contributing distilleries in the Big Peat 25 I can tell you that this first edition in the trilogy was distilled back in 1992 and bottled in 2017, it has been bottled at a cask strength of 52.1% ABV and is non chill-filtered and is a limited release of 3000 bottles.

Big Peat 25 will be available from December in specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Big Peat 25 Year Old Gold Edition Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A more gentle and mature side of Big Peat on the nose, with boat varnish, beachy rock pools and a smoky barbecue backdrop.

Taste: The palate opens as sweetly-peated as ever and warms to later creosote, black pepper and chimney smoke.

Finish: The finish displays that same warm depth of sweet personality before deliciously damp bonfire ash, coal dust and charred meat appear.

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